Tampa opens registration for free summer camp program

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – With summer nearly upon us, you might be looking for ways to keep your child occupied if they have time on their hands.

Unfortunately, not every parent can afford a traditional summer camp, especially in the midst of this pandemic crisis. But if you’re a parent in Tampa, fortunately, there are some options.

Tampa is hosting a two-week summer camp for children ages 5-12 at eight sites around the city. The program will run June 1 to June 12, Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, and will be held at the following locations:

  • Copeland Center, 11001 N 15th St, 33612
  • Dr. MLK Complex, 2200 N Oregon Ave, 33607
  • Forest Hills Center, 724 W 109th St, 33612
  • Jackson Heights Center, 3310 E Lake Ave, 33610
  • Loretta Ingraham Center, 1615 N Hubert Ave, 33607
  • Police Athletic League, 1924 W Diana St, 33604
  • Port Tampa Center, 4702 W McCoy St, 33616
  • Springhill Center, 1000 E Eskimo Ave, 33607

To attend, children must live within city limits and have completed kindergarten. Attendees will be selected by a lottery.

The parks department said it’s following CDC, local, and state health department guidelines and will have policies in place to keep camp facilities properly sanitized, and to ensure social distancing among children. Children will be screened before they can enter the camp.

The Recreation and Park Department opened registration for its lottery on May 26. The deadline to register is Wednesday, May 27 at 11:59 pm.

To register your child, visit tampagov.net/parks.

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